Allen Ludden - biography

TV Actor from United States of America

Allen Ludden Allen Ludden (October 5, 1917 – June 9, 1981) was an American television personality, emcee and game show host, perhaps most well known for hosting various incarnations of the game show Password between 1961 and 1980. Allen Packard Ellsworth was the first child of Elmer Ellsworth, 25, a Nebraska native living in Mineral Point and working as an ice dealer; and his wife Leila M. Allen, age 22, a Wisconsin native and housewife. Elmer Ellsworth died the next winter at age 26, a victim of the worldwide influenza epidemic, on January 6, 1919. When Allen was about five years old, Leila Ellsworth married Homer Ludden Jr., an electrical engineer and the son of H.D. Ludden, the town physician, a Chicago native who had practiced in Mineral Point since 1906. Allen was given his adoptive father's name and became Allen Ellsworth Ludden. The family lived briefly in the small Wisconsin towns of Janesville, Elkhorn, Antigo and Waupaca before moving to Texas when Allen was still a small child. An English and dramatics major at the University of Texas, Ludden graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors in 1940 and received his Master of Arts in English from the same university in 1941. He served in the U.S.  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Allen Ellsworth
Date of birth
1917-10-05
Place of birth
Mineral Point
Nationality
United States of America
Spouse(s)
Betty White Margaret McGloin
Children
Martha Ludden David Ludden Sarah Ludden
Profession
Game Show Host, Actor

Education

Institution From To
University of Texas at Austin

Performances

Year Performance Character
1976 Futureworld

Death

Date of death
1981-06-09
Cause of death
Bladder cancer,Stomach cancer,Cancer
Place of death
Los Angeles

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